Leo Ahrens

Leo Ahrens

Alta and Snowbird

Leo Ahrens's Passions

Biking
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

Leo Ahrens's Bio

I was born and raised in Cottonwood Hieghts, Utah by a couple of CheeseHeads from Wisconsin. I spent my entire childhood exploring Alta trying to find any jump I could jump off of. I competed on the Jr. Freeskiing World Tour for several years and now I try to film as much as possible. See yah out there!

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on November 11, 2015

Cue Metallica Music
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Probably the scariest tool I carry with me while skiing in glacial terrain. Left on my harness for easy access but rarely used. The most likely tool to stab you in a bad crash and arguably the most important tool to save your life if one was to fall in a crevasse.

In my experience 8 out of 10 times I have used this tool as a drill rather than a screw. Two holes drilled as a V into a solid block of ice make for a solid anchor in the ice to slip your rope through. (we hope) Just don't tell your mom you trusted frozen water with your life.

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on November 11, 2015

Samurai Axe
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Solid axe for the big mountain ski ninja! Although most people after watching 'Into Thin Air' think these things are walking sticks, they actually serve many purposes. The many uses of the ice axe can be compared to that of the Samurai sword. Years of experience prove valuable and in the right hands can get you out of any situation.

I like to slip the axe in between my backpack and the flat of my back as I descend a face. This makes for quick unattached access for when shit gets hairy. One would assume if you feel the need to ski the face with the axe in your hand, you are out of your element and need to go home and practice. Maybe next year young grasshopper.

I have never had an issues plunging the gripped handle into snow. I find if the snow is so incredibly shitty that you can't penetrate an ice axe of doom into it, I wouldn't be skiing there anyways. Besides, just use the other end duh, you know, the end with the ICE AXE on it!

I do not always use the leash and often times leave it at home. For skiing, you typically don't need it. We aren't hanging from a cliff, we are jumping off the cliffs. However, every situation requires the right tools and it's best to have the leash for those days you might drop your sword, but don't, don't drop your sword. We've all seen what happens when a samurai drops his sword.

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Leo Ahrensposted a video about on November 11, 2015

As an athlete for SALOMON going on 8 years, I've had the opportunity to travel the world to help test and develop new products. This past winter I hopped on a plane and met up with the SALOMON FREESKI TV crew in the Val de la Clarée in the French Alps.
I mounted up a pair of the MTN Lab skis coupled with the new MTN Lab AT boot. The combo makes for the ultimate human powered mountain bagging machine! With skis light as a feather and boots to match, you can run up mountains like a breeze, then charge down just as hard as you would on your traditional alpine set up.
Look for me, the guy in a blue coat, hiking, jumping, slashing and bashing my way through a winter wonderland!

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Leo Ahrensposted a video about on November 11, 2015

As an athlete for SALOMON going on 8 years now I have had the opportunity to help develop, trouble shoot, tinker and design some of the product before they hit the market. Our goal with the MTN Lab Boot was to enter the alpine touring community with a banger. A boot that crushed just as hard going up hill as it does going down. A goal most all companies claim to strive for but as we all know always fall short.

This, I promise, is the first AT boot rated at 120 flex and actually performs at 120 flex. It is light like traditional AT boots with minimal plastic and a carbon spine but strong thanks to the raised grid pattern you'll notice on the side of the boot.

With one buckle on the upper cuff, the booster strap plays a key role in the performance of the boot. Make sure to strap that sucker down before dropping in. You wouldn't ski with your buckles open, your strap is no different. Not to mention, these boots have a sole so grippy you can run up walls!

I took out a pair of prototype MTN Lab boots on a recent trip to the French Alps. Look for me, the guy in a blue coat, hiking, jumping, slashing and bashing my way through a winter wonderland!
(the prototypes were black but essentially the same boot)

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Not just for hiking and biking!
5 5

I acquired this watch with a slightly different purpose in mind than your typical trail runner. This past March I set off on a 2100 miles motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. With my skis strapped to the bike I tracked my progress as I drove and skied my way up the coast to the promise land.

I set the watch with 2 different functions; a custom "motorcycle" tracker to record my distance, direction and speed on the road and secondly the pre loaded, "alpine skiing" function to track my altitude, duration and speed among other things. The data collected is incredibly accurate as long as you remember to start and stop the function pre and post action.

The best feature of this watch is the ability to sync the watch to your Movescount profile online. The program pulls all your data off the watch to an easy to inspect breakdown of what you did that day and lets you effortlessly compare your "moves" to past dates.

The only set back I was not used to is having to charge the watch each night. The satellite GPS takes far more juice to operate than your typical watch which is kinda annoying but the data it generates is well worth the minor task.

Since the watch has the GPS feature it definitely is slightly larger than your typical watch. With that said it is still incredibly light and not noticeably bulky. The silver casing gives it a very mountainy, french style which goes well with it's main market.

Highly recommend for its intended action sport market and can even branch out into other land roamers...

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Makes me think, "Batman".
5 5

This watch is probably the most stylie, hip watch out of the entire Suunto lineup. The black on black is very stealth and and gives off a classy look that makes me think,"Batman".

As mentioned in other comments, the altitude is based off absolute air pressure so sometimes it is necessary to give a reference altitude after not changing elevation for long periods of time.

It is cool to have the "storm warning" function as it does actually seem fairly accurate as storms roll in. If i was too careless to check the weather before a big hike or something similar the watch would at least give me a warning that I should think about weather approaching.

The contrast could definitely be turned up on the digital display. It can seem fairly dark in certain lighting. There is a backlight feature but that too is fairly faint.

I would say I have a medium sized wrist and you can see how it fits in the attached photo. I think the fish eye lens I used made it seem slightly larger than it is but it does have a big fit…

Overall I would buy this watch with style in mind with an occasional desire to tap into a few cool features.

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on June 11, 2013

Highway slammers. Solid.
4 5

I bought these boots in March the day I took off on a 2100 mile motorcycle road trip to the southern tip of Alaska. I put them through the wringer to say the least…

The thick leather wrap of this boot only gets better with time. It forms to your foot with each day you wear it and and loosens up but never loses it's strength. The boots are also much warmer than I expected. Riding in the winter time with a pair of ski socks, they were perfect. I would definitely recommend the non insulated pair if you are just buying these in warm weather.

They are very stylie boots and would look cool in any setting from urban streets to massive mountains. I believe style is their main purpose because they don't hold up all that well to heavy conditions…

The bold leather midsole (brown part) stands out the most on this boot and is the most notable as it is worn down. I did a kickflip on my skateboard with this boot and the leather instantly changed color to a rough white from the grip tape.

The worst part of the boot is the glued on rubber sole. They provide excellent traction but by the end of my trip were very worn-down. The first part to go is a small toenail of rubber weakned by a poorly placed stitch intended to keep the rubber from peeling back. As the rubber continued to dissolve and the small chunk in front broke off the stitch no longer held the rubber down and it began to peel off the midsole.

Overall I loved the boot but don't expect them to last as long as the classic Sorel Caribou boot. I would definitely buy another pair as I doubt I'll be riding a motorcycle 2100 miles again this year, so I'm sure they'll last longer the second go around.

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Leo Ahrenswrote a review of on October 25, 2012

THE BEST
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are hands down the best mitts I have ever used. From South America to Alaska I rock these on the regular. Finers never get cold while avoiding overheating. Bomber leather construction keeps everything under control when a normal glove would fail.

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